Meet Our Team

Christopher R. Myers, DDS, ("Dr. Chris") – Pediatric Dentist

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Chris Myers in AnkenyDr. Chris is a native of Brighton, MI. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan. He was then awarded a one year post-baccalaureate fellowship to participate in research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Chris attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. He worked for two years at a community health center in Everett, WA to provide dental care to underserved patients before electing to pursue his interest in pediatric dentistry. He was accepted into the University of Iowa Pediatric Dentistry specialty program and received two years of training in the care and management of infants, children and patients with special health care needs. Upon receiving his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Chris joined the dental team at the Des Moines Health Center where he treated children of all ages in both the clinical and hospital setting. While there he also served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry to provide pediatric training to dental students while on their outreach rotation.

Dr. Chris is Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is the staff pediatric dentist at ChildServe and the Secretary for the Iowa Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Iowa Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Chris is committed to providing quality dental care and promoting oral health in a setting that is safe and educational for children and parents.

Dr. Chris resides in Ankeny with his wife, Ellen, and their three children Julia, Will and Brooks. When not working, Dr. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and going for jogs. Although he is a huge fan of the Michigan Wolverines, he has decided it is in his best interest to also root for the Hawkeyes!

Julie A. Smith, DDS ("Dr. Julie") - Pediatric Dentist

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Julie Smith in AnkenyDr. Julie is originally from Bettendorf, IA. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree, with Honors, in Microbiology from the University of Iowa. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Julie practiced general dentistry in central Iowa for two years in private practice and as the staff dentist at ChildServe. It was during her years spent as a general dentist that she discovered her passion for treating children and patients with special health care needs. Dr. Julie returned to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry for two additional years of specialized education and training in the treatment of infants, children, and patients with special health care needs in clinical and hospital settings. Upon completion of her training, she was awarded her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Julie has been practicing pediatric dentistry in central Iowa, including at the Des Moines Health Center where she treated some of Iowa’s most underserved children. She is a clinical adjunct faculty member of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in the department of Pediatric Dentistry, teaching dental students during their clinical training.

Dr. Julie is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Julie is the President-Elect of the Des Moines District Dental Society and has been a Delegate in the Iowa Dental Association’s House of Delegates. She is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Iowa Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, and the Des Moines District Dental Society.

Dr. Julie loves treating children and patients with special healthcare needs. She strives to have positive and fun visits with her patients. As a mom, she understands the importance of having children feel comfortable and confident at the dentist to encourage a lifetime of good dental health.

Dr. Julie resides in Ankeny with her husband, Nick, their two daughters Abigail and Madeline, and their dog Riley. When out of the office, Dr. Julie enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the Hawkeyes.


Staff

Ashley - Dr. Chris Myers staff Ashley – Front Desk Manager

Ashley joined Ankeny Children’s Dental in December 2012. She graduated from Iowa State and continues to support her love of being a CYCLONE fanatic, especially during the basketball season. Ashley enjoys cooking, baking, reading and working on house projects throughout the year. She loves spending fun family time with her husband Matt and her adorable “mini-me” daughters Olivia and Lillian. Ashley is the first person that will greet you at our office. She will welcome you with a bright smile and cheerful hello. Her positive energy is infectious and Ashley will always go the extra mile for our parents and families.


Kourtney - Dr. Chris Myers staff Kourtney - Front Desk Coordinator

Kourtney joined Ankeny Children's Dental in June 2014 upon graduating from the Associates and Administrative Assisting program at DMACC. She is originally from Audubon and now resides in Ankeny with her husband, Tanner and their two dogs Garth and Barkley. Kourtney is a proud auntie and loves spending time with her niece, Zoe and nephew, Gage. She loves doing DIY projects, especially for her new home. When Kourtney is not busy cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones, she loves being outdoors when the Iowa weather permits! Her helpful personality, knowledge of insurance, and carefree attitude make the "smile" in our Smile City.


Taryn - Dr. DChris Myers staff Taryn – Lead Dental Assistant

Taryn joined Ankeny Children’s Dental in September 2009 upon graduating from the Dental Assisting Program at DMACC. She grew up in Pleasant Hill and now resides in Indianola. Taryn enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, family, friends, and rooting for the Cyclones. She is a huge animal lover and adores her dogs, Tucker, Tech and Winston. She loves being outdoors, reading, music, working out, and hunting. Taryn and Matt are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little girl, due in Spring 2017. Taryn is positive, funny, outgoing, and very thorough. Taryn’s enthusiasm is contagious, making every child’s visit an enjoyable one!


Mallory - Dr. Chris Myers staff Mallory – Dental Assistant

Mallory joined Ankeny Children’s Dental in December 2013. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at DMACC. She grew up in Cedar Falls, IA and now resides in Elkhart, IA with her husband Chris, her two dogs, a Weimaraner named Gage and her black lab Rocky. Outside of work, Mallory enjoys traveling, boating, spending time outdoors, working on projects for her house and hunting with her husband. She is a die hard IOWA HAWKEYES fan. Mallory is super great with kids, her patient attitude and caring personality allow kids to enjoy every visit to the dentist and being able to do that makes her DAY!


Almedina - Dr. Chris Myers staff Almedina – Dental Assistant

Almedina joined Ankeny Children's Dental in June 2015. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at DMACC. Almedina is originally from Bosnia, but relocated to Ankeny in 1998. She still resides in Ankeny with her husband, Ermin, daughter Belma and newborn son Malik. When she is not working, Almedina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, and baking. She also enjoys rooting on the Hawkeyes! Almedina is super sweet, thoughtful, and caring with all of her patients.


Cailey - Dr. Chris Myers staff Cailey – Dental Assistant

Cailey joined Ankeny Children’s Dental in August 2016, after interning at our office prior and graduating from DMACC. She grew up in Panora, IA and now resides in Huxley, IA. She enjoys being outdoors, and spending all of her spare time with family and dear friends. She is a proud corgi owner and loves to spoil her fur-baby, Ivan. Some of her hobbies are decorating her new townhouse and cheering for the Cyclones. She is easygoing, respectful, and a gentle dental assistant. Cailey is great at making kids smile and is a kid at heart herself.


Laura - Dr. Chris Myers staff Laura – Dental Assistant

Laura joined Ankeny Children's Dental in February 2016. She graduated from Dental Assisting Program at DMACC in 2014. She grew up in Stratford, IA and now resides in State Center with her husband, Joe. Laura is an avid outdoor enthusiast and when the Iowa weather permits, you can find her boating, hunting or four-wheeling. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends, especially when they are cheering on the Cyclones! Laura is caring, laid-back and passionate. She loves to educate and help patients so that they can attain optimal dental health.


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